Coles and Lion milk recall in WA
January 27, 2016

Coles and Lion have issued recalls for milk a number of milk products sold in Western Australia after discovering a microbial coliforms contamination.   The two Coles branded milks are “Coles Brand Western Australian fresh hilo milk 98% fat free carton 1L” and “Coles Brand Western Australian fresh full cream milk carton 1 litre”. Coles is only recalling milks with the use-by date of 6 February 2016. Lion is the producer of these products.   Lion’s other milks which have been recalled... ...Read more »

“Australian honey is safe natural product” says Honey Bee Industry Council
January 25, 2016

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council has reassured consumers that Australian honey is safe despite the publication of a study that suggested otherwise.   In the study out of Ireland and conducted by Luckhart et al and published in Volume 33, Issue 1 of the academic journal Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, stated it found 41 out of 59 Australian honeys sampled contained by pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), a liver damaging toxin. PA can occur naturally in honey but it is considered... ...Read more »

FSANZ finds Phthalate chemicals at higher than recommended levels in food
January 20, 2016

A leading Queensland scientist has warned the public to be cautious after a Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) study found two chemicals at higher than recommended levels in samples of plastic food packages.   The two chemicals, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP) were detected as part of FSANZ’s Australian Total Diet Study into chemicals in food packaging. FSANZ said it detected “very low residues of some chemicals in a small number of samples”... ...Read more »

ACCC moves against ‘unhealthy’ nutrition claims
January 20, 2016

On 18 January 2016, the period for relying on the old transitional health claims standard, in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, expired. The new Food Standard 1.2.7 now stands alone.   In recent times, Australia’s federal government agency for fair trading the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been taking a new hard-line approach against misleading nutrition or food composition claims. Even though there was complete compliance with the Australia New Zealand... ...Read more »

The great egg debate, FSANZ addresses concerns
January 13, 2016

Issues of food safety were highlighted earlier this week when a handful of Coles customers asked the supermarket through social media to start storing its eggs in fridges to help prevent food poisoning. With some of the consumers going so-far as to claim they will not be shopping at the supermarket until eggs are refrigerated like competitor Woolworths, Coles was left to defend itself responding to some of the messages by saying it was following all of Australia’s food safety standards.   So... ...Read more »

Information overload – are new food label laws too complex?
November 4, 2015

After ten years in development, a new Standard for Nutrition, Health and Related Claims will become law January next year.  Standard 1.2.7 of the Food Standards Code will regulate nutrition content claims, general level health claims, high level health claims and endorsements, on labels and in advertising of food for retail sale in Australia and New Zealand.   Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has responsibility for the Food Standards Code, and has developed this new Standard.... ...Read more »

FSANZ reminds importers about mandatory allergen labelling requirements
October 26, 2015

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has reminded all food businesses, including importers, that mandatory allergen labelling requirements have to be met.   The warning follows numerous coconut product recalls due to to a lack of allergen labelling concerning milk and milk derivatives as a component in many coconut products/   FSANZ CEO, Steve McCutcheon said he wants businesses to remember that allergens can be deadly which is why there is  mandatory labelling requirements for... ...Read more »

Current most popular features of FoodLegal InHouse ranked by users
September 28, 2015

Subscribers to the new FoodLegal InHouse compliance portal platform with its food and marketing regulatory compliance tools and databases, designed for food and beverage companies, are providing great feedback on its time-saving and cost-reduction benefits.   Subscription to FoodLegal InHouse gives access to Australia’s most comprehensive food compliance resources including FoodLegal’s unique proprietary compliance methodologies, training materials and commentaries, powerful search engine... ...Read more »

Coconut milk FSANZ recall due to undeclared dairy
September 21, 2015

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) last week issued recall notices for two coconut milk drink products due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (dairy).   The two products were:     Sammi Australia’s Orthodox Coconut Milk Juice (6 pack, 245 ml); and   Sunnation Pty Ltd’s V-Fresh Coconut Milk Drink (240 ml aluminium can).   Consumers who have a dairy allergy or intolerance are advised to return the product to place of purchase for a full refund.   The... ...Read more »

Clean Labelling is big business
August 10, 2015

Food trends are no different to foods themselves. Some are destined for a short life while a few will catch on to become a top consumer preference. Foods that are ‘natural’ and ‘preservative free’ are no longer just the preference of people with allergies. The shift to creating ‘clean label’ is an on-going trend that is dictating which processed foods and drinks are being put into shopping trolleys. Australian consumers are label critics Spend time in a supermarket and you will see customers... ...Read more »

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